Altium releases powerful upgrade to leading PCB design software with Altium Designer 18

Upgrade focuses on enhancing the user experience with key feature updates and productivity-focused enhancements. Christian Keller, field application engineer, Altium tells us more

Altium is announcing the release of Altium Designer 18 – delivering critical system updates, targeted performance enhancements, and new and improved features that significantly boost productivity and user control.

This release features a number of important updates that work collectively to deliver one cohesive, end-to-end design environment. In addition to the modern user interface, this version also features an upgrade to a 64-bit architecture combined with multi-threaded task optimisations, enabling users to design and release large, complex boards at unprecedented speeds.

Altium Designer 18 includes major updates to ActiveRoute, a user-guided routing engine that now supports length tuning, pin-swapping, and gloss options, enabling users to quickly produce professional results. The ACTIVEBOM editor also features several enhancements including a new BoM rule checker that allows users to easily verify each BoM line item. Additionally, the new multi-board assembly capability enables real-time connection management, giving users the ability to design and release large, complex boards with ease.

In summary, these are the new technologies and features:

  • Multi-board
  • 64-bit  architecture
  • New graphics engine
  • New theme-based UI (darker for less eye strain, more organised and easier to use)
  • ActiveBOM enhancements (‘BOM rule checking’ is a new aspect of that feature.  It guarantees the product can continue to be manufactured even if all the original parts are not available. It will even find alternatives that work just as well that can be “dropped in” so the product does not have to go back to the design stage)
  • ActiveRoute – includes rules driven, length driven, glossing, more options of controlling where the routes go, allows you to enforce more limitations, and it is faster.

To explore all the new features included in this release, visit the Altium Designer What’s New page.

Availability details

The wide selection of new technologies introduced in Altium Designer 18 are available now as a free upgrade for existing Altium Subscription customers on the Altium Downloads page.

www.altium.com

Christian Keller, field application engineer, Altium

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